Cadillac XT4 Benchmarked Against Mercedes-Benz GLC And BMW X3
Though not found in the above image, the spy photographer did confirm that the BMW X3 was present during this test.
Using rival vehicles as a benchmark for your own isnít a new phenomenon in the automotive world and Cadillac is no different. A few XT4 prototypes were spied testing against a Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3, both of which GMAuthority calls ďsegment-defining crossovers from Germany.Ē
This comes as no surprise because those models will be the XT4ís main competitors once it hits showroom floors. Though it will be interesting to read press comparison reviews because the two German rivals sit on rear-drive-based platforms featuring longitudinally-mounted powertrains while the XT4ís transversely-mounted powertrain is mounted on a front-drive-based platform.
Perhaps these tests are Cadillacís attempts at overcoming a transverse powertrainís shortcomings, especially if itís in front-wheel drive configuration. Being very nose heavy with around 65% of the carís weight sitting in the front, the XT4 could lose tire contact earlier in the cornering process if pushed too hard. Thus resulting in a loss of driver confidence.
On the bright side, this combination didnít stop people from buying the Cadillac XT5 crossover and it probably wonít affect XT4 sales too much either. Even better if itís powered by a 2-liter turbo delivering 272 horsepower and paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Cadillac taking itís time bringing to market this XT4 is a good thing. It means that it wonít just be a re-badged Encore or Traxx which they would have done in the past. I can't wait to see how successful this vehicle is going to be.
No surprise there, testing your vehicles against competitors is the norm and there's even a company dedicated to taking apart cars and compiling very detailed reports of its parts, to later sell to other automakers.
Although its bench-marked against them the biggest issue is the same issue that is in the XT5... that is it still doesn't appeal to people who own its rivals or have the means to buy them. However Cadillac has had time to learn from the T5 and the T4 could be meeting a sweet spot for the brand.... similar to how Lexus sells the RX.
If they don't take more notes of what European brands are doing then the XT4 could be a flop or just keep hanging on by a thread. Buick did well by depending on its European counterparts for the new Regal. Something tells me Cadillac can benefit from a situation like that.